In India, the Jagannath Dham or Sri Jagannath Temple is one of the holy pilgrimage sites in Puri, Odisha.
It draws devotees not only from the corners of India but also from the whole world.
The Stories and facts of Jagannath Dham are archived in Narad Puran, Skand Puran, Padma Puran, and Brahma Puran.
This sacred place takes us back to the 12th Century when the temple was built by King Ananta Barman.
Here Sri Krishna resides as Sri Jagannath dev as one of its incarnations along with his elder brother Balaram and his sister Subhadra.
The beautiful architecture of the temple, the aroma of the sandalwood, and the ornamentation engraved within the walls have not only cherished within the lives of the people forever but also the mystical events have left people and science too wondering.
Here is a list of Top 10 Mysteries about the Jagannath Temple, Puri
- Shadow of the Main Building
- Direction of Land and Sea Breeze
- Sound of Waves
- Rain on Rath Yatra Day
- The Holy Idols
- The Flag Mystery
- Direction of Chakra
- The “NO FLY ZONE”
- The Prasadam Mystery
- The process of Prasadam Cooking
Let’s see each one of them in detail…
1. Shadow of the Main Building
One of the most popular mysteries about the temple is that the main structure of the temple doesn’t cast any shadows at any point of the day.
The Puri Jagannath Temple stands in a 4lakh sq ft area and has of height 214 ft., but it doesn’t cast any shadow during any time of the day.
Also, the flag atop the main building has to be changed at least once every 18 days. This must be done only by climbing reverse.
If this ritual is not maintained regularly, the doors of the temple will be closed for 18 years.
2. Direction of Land and Sea Breeze
Generally, we know, that Sea breeze blows during the daytime and the land breeze during the daytime.
But the science of land breeze and the sea breeze is reversed on the sacred land of Puri.
3. Sound of Waves
The Sea is situated very close to the Jagannath Temple. The sound of the waves hitting the shore is quite audible from the temple courtyard.
But as soon as one enters the main entrance (i.e inside the Singha Dwar) no sound of the waves can be heard.
Many of them believe that this happens because Subhadra wants complete serenity around her.
4. Rain on Rath Yatra Day
Every year Puri and some adjacent areas in Orissa receive a good amount of Rainfall on the Day of RathYatra.
Despite the month or the day, Scientists couldn’t find an answer about the mandatory rainfall on that particular day.
5. The Holy Idols
Every 12-14 years, the old idols are buried under the soil and new idols are sculpted over them. The sculptures are made of neem wood and is believed that they disintegrate themselves automatically and mix with the soil.
6. The Flag Mystery
According to Science any light object like paper or a piece of cloth generally flies in the direction of the wind.
But the Jagannath Temple bears a holy flag on the crown of the main dome which flutters opposite to the direction of the wind.
7. Direction of Chakra
There is a wheel of fortune or chakra on the top of the temple which weighs about a ton.
The most amazing fact is that any viewer who views the chakra from a height at any point in Puri always sees that the chakra faces towards itself.
What’s even more mysterious is how the people of the 12th Century put a chakra that heavy at top of the temple that high.
8. The “NO FLY ZONE”
The beautiful blue sky above the dome of the temple was never declared ever as “NO FLY ZONE” by the government.
But it very strange to hear that, no birds, aeroplanes, or helicopters can fly over the temple. Nobody clearly knows why.
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9. The Prasadam Mystery
Every year lakhs and lakhs of pilgrims visit this holy temple. The Rathyatra or Jagannath worship days draw more pilgrims than normal days.
But every day the same amount of food (Jagannath Prasadam) is cooked. None of the days, the food gets wasted, and none of the devotees remain unfed.
10. The process of Prasadam Cooking
The Jagannath “Prasadam” is cooked in 7 pots kept one over the other. But surprisingly the food in the pot which is kept at the top gets cooked first.
These 10 mysteries remained unsolved by science for years as scientists failed to give a logical explanation behind these events.
Many devotees consider it to be the charm and faith of the almighty and each and every event relates to spirituality.
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